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14 October 2012

2012 McGill Cup and North Fall

2nd Place at McGill, and Queen’s Qualifies for the Henry Luce.

By Joy MacDonald and Graham Hutchings

The QST competed in 2 events, the McGill Cup in Montreal and the North
The QST competed in 2 events, the McGill Cup in Montreal and the North

Despite it being a cold and wet weekend in Montreal, the Queen’s sailing team performed very well at the McGill Cup. In the first day of racing QST battled massive currents and moderate winds with Andrew Faurschou and Oliver Blake placing 4th in A fleet, and Nick Schwenger and Cameron Wyndham placing 3nd in B fleet to finish 3rd overall.

Highlights from the first day included two bullets from Nick and Cam and the Tufts team running into a submerged pole leaving a large hole in the bow of their boat. Low winds and fog caused the second day of racing to be cancelled, leaving Queen’s as the top Canadian team in third place behind Middlebury and Tufts.

The team also attended the North Fall #2 Qualifier Regatta accompanied by Coach Max St-Maurice. After scraping ice off the boats on Saturday morning, the team raced in light and shifty wind all day. Skipper Arielle Morgan and crew Joy MacDonald competed in the A fleet, while skipper Clifton Kartner and crew Oliver Neal sailed in the B fleet. The team competed against a challenging fleet of 15 schools and finished a long day of 14 races in each fleet. By the end of the day on Saturday, Queen’s was sitting in 7th place. Sunday yielded slightly warmer conditions, accompanied by some heavier and steadier wind. In the heavier winds Lance Fraser took over crewing in A division. Racing began early in the morning, allowing for the entire regatta to be completed by 11:00 since only one more race per fleet was required to complete a full rotation. The team ended up finishing 7th overall, good enough to qualify for the Henry Luce Regatta later this fall.